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  1. My interpretation of Noonan’s commentary Nov 2013 is as a tacit acknowledgement of an official cover-up of the true circumstances of JFK’s death. Her claim that the persons responsible for the cover-up were in fact “patriots” reflects a further tacit acknowledgment that the assassins were acting for and cultivated by persons on the domestic right. The argument would be that a true accounting would have split the country wide open and dangerously weaken if not fatally undermine national security in the midst of an ongoing existential Cold War. Therefore the cover-up was necessary and appropriate and saved the union. I wonder if persons such as Earl Warren, or others of the liberal establishment, thought the same at the time. LBJ’s supposed WW3 scenario may have been more about the above than any purported Russian sponsorship of the JFKA. Noonan’s comments, then, were a trial run for the ultimate fallback exonerating the Warren Commission, but apparently 2013 was still too early in the game to acknowledge fault, so her comments were a bit of an outlier at that time.
  2. I don’t believe Biden, or Trump before him, have been briefed on any actual details of the redacted or unreleased documents, and rather are accepting an argument of grave “identifiable harm” at face value. Reading between the lines of the WH statement, it is easy to suppose that the agencies responsible for the remaining documents have essentially stonewalled the process and have not in fact conducted the reviews called for in 2017. They are being given another year to do what should have been completed at that time (2017). It appears the requirement of identifying or specifying the presumed grave harms to NARA has not yet begun let alone be completed. Blaming the pandemic is a version of “the dog ate my homework”. It is quite possible that the involved agencies - one might presume CIA foremost - do not in fact understand or realize what exactly in the withheld documents may serve as “smoking gun” information, as they have no one with the knowledge base of the research community (I.e. no Blount, Hancock, Simpich, or Newman). Otherwise they could have simply complied by redacting everything they wished to remain secret. I agree that any confirmation that Oswald had an official or even non-official relationship with US agencies will be devastating to the credibility of the government and the establishment in general - but this is the problem they are stuck with. At the time of the 50th anniversary, on the CBS “Face The Nation” program, Peggy Noonan and Bob Woodward first acknowledged a “deep state” and then praised the Warren Commission as the work of “patriots”. This seemed like the initiation of the fall-back justification for the cover-up, but obviously this thinking has not, yet, coalesced with confidence.
  3. Jimmy Lai was arrested and jailed because he was using his newspaper - Apple Daily - to support what Chinese officials came to understand as a “color revolution” attempt in Hong Kong. Beyond directly supporting the protest movement through the reportorial and editorial functions of the paper, the employees and facilities were involved in direct participation with the relatively sophisticated infrastructure of social media supporting the protesters. Lai also had met with high level American officials - up the chain to Pence - to receive endorsement and encouragement for the protest events, as well as providing local support towards the US Congress’ legislation known as the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which represented direct meddling in China’s internal affairs by a foreign power. Should the issue of “commie dictators” or evil totalitarians arise, Lai’s travails could be usefully compared to those of Julian Assange, who continues incarceration in a maximum security prison on an extradition warrant which had previously been turned down and is on appeal. Lai’s legal problems are relatively obvious and in keeping with China’s laws, while Assange’s persecution has been opaque and unusual from the start, and marked by a high level of openly retributive motive from western intelligence and security operatives and leadership.
  4. Kirk / David The Jesus/masturbation meme was, of course, just one of hundreds of dastardly Internet Research Agency graphics which the Senate Subcommittee on Intelligence resolutely declared to represent an attack on American democracy, designed to "sow chaos" and exacerbate (no pun intended) divisions. https://intelligence.house.gov/social-media-content/ The Jesus graphic in fact may on its own have tipped the election in 2016, as most everyone knows that Hilary owned the self-pleasuring vote in Wisconsin (and much of it in Michigan too) - that is until the graphic in question showed up on certain Facebook groups, after Manafort handed Kliminik the polling data, and the evil Russians created chaos. (insert tasteless Facebook whistleblower joke here).
  5. The “vaccine passport” is a form of social credit. Social credit, in our capitalist democracies, has in its contemporary form always been associated with authoritarian governing structures. The problem, as Neill Oliver infers, is the social credit passport system invariably inverts routine and common facets of daily life - such as having a drink with friends, going to the movies, or sharing a family dinner at a nice restaurant - into a privilege. Or, put more ominously, into a privilege granted by the State (i.e. the statements by the Australian premier) based on one’s behaviour. The unique difficulties posed by Covid - i.e. not an existential threat to the vast majority of peoples but capable of wreaking societal havoc by its contagious properties - should cut some slack for public figures and health authorities, but we are being steered down a rather perilous road without any firm assurance that mass vaccination programs will stem let alone eradicate the virus. Further, it is quite apparent that it is the reopening of the public school systems rather than lack of adherence to mass vaccination programs which is currently driving the continuing problems. In that, the actual priorities at play come somewhat clearer.
  6. The ever schizophrenic CounterPunch site (at least re: conspiracy theories) has published an interview with Oliver Stone on his film career,Vietnam, and the new JFK doc. Stone says the doc will be released in US in November. https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/09/24/the-camera-is-the-rifle-an-interview-with-oliver-stone/
  7. The author has followed up, and the original article was not “true”, rather it was written to punk 9-11 “truthers”. The author has been a long time contributor to CounterPunch, so the article initially appeared as an outlier or some sort of satire. The author’s explanation is here: https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/09/10/belief-truth-science-religion-and-9-11/ The author believes NIST has it right. I personally don’t know enough of the science involved to hold an opinion, and therefore consider the building demolition concepts the wrong rabbit hole for skeptics when there are other more robust shelters to dwell while doubting the official findings. That said, the author’s endorsement of Occam’s Razor as a reliable guide to the truth fails to account for the subjectivity at play determining what is in fact the simplest explanation. Both sides of the JFK debate, for example, have invoked the formula although only one side can be right - i.e. the simplest explanation can only be determined when all the facts are “on the table”.
  8. The hysterical media reports from Afghanistan suggesting a quarter million persons in hiding for fear of being massacred are fairly reminiscent of hysterical media reports from the end of the Vietnam occupation. Or hysterical media reports from 1950s Vietnam - now understood as a deliberated psy-op - which saw a mass exodus of Catholic peasants to Diem’s newly declared police state. Part of the messaging here is that the absence of US/NATO occupying forces results in widespread chaos and human rights violations, when, objectively, it has instead been the presence of these occupying forces responsible for the chaos and human suffering. The Afghanis in real, rather than speculative, danger are those who were directly involved in the Phoenix-like programs run by the occupiers, but they are likely long gone. Outside of the western media bubble, the hysteria and fear-mongering is notably absent - for instance the Indian diplomat Bhadrakumar who I linked several weeks ago has now posted eleven sober non-speculative reports on Afghanistan without inflated numbers or emotive language. re: Taiwan - it has long been recognized at the UN as Chinese territory and not an independent nation. While recent years have seen an uptick in promoting Taiwanese independence, in concert with the US “pivot to China”, most if not all concerns of an imminent PLA invasion of the island are imagined by politicians in Taiwan and their supporters in US and Australia. The PRC seem content to play the long game, but any effort to station American missiles or radars on the island will likely trigger a swift and decisive countermove. It seems the world has enough problems without new and dangerous brinksmanship.
  9. Highly doubt the reporters for the NY Times, Vanity Fair, Slate, Salon, etc hold, independently, strong opinions about Architects & Engineers For 9/11 Truth, let alone have ever thought deeply about the official explanations of the events. So this has the look of a coordinated effort to assert the primacy of the Official Story ahead of the 20th anniversary with the promise that all disbelievers - whether merely asking questions or not - will face the wrath of the Establishment in the form of public debasement by the MSM.
  10. Yes, very similar to the attacks on Stone's "JFK" well before the film was even released. Dual purpose of getting out ahead with the preferred narrative, and perhaps influencing changes to the film itself. Seems like Spike Lee is revising the segment in question in response to the attacks. Like the JFKA, forensic certainty about how the buildings collapsed will never be satisfactorily achieved because the debris was removed before it could be analyzed (while JFK suffered poor and confusing autopsy). Regardless, there is plenty of less-publicized incriminating activity to support the notion of an inside job. A passive cover-up continues today with the frequent description of the 2001 Afghanistan invasion as necessary because the Taliban were hosting the responsible terrorists.
  11. The Americans intended to redeploy to regional bases, from which air assets could continue to support the (now-departed) Afghan government. The big surprise over the past two months was that no one in the region was willing to accept US bases, which led to the haphazard events we see now as the actual fall of the government was not anticipated. Further, regional cooperation now and into the future, in concert with the Taliban, is far more advanced than US analysts ever foresaw. The Russians apparently were in discussion with Taliban seven years ago anticipating this day, and both Russia and China have been lending advice on managing world perception. Political rapprochement within the country, to be followed by regional investments in rebuilding, are already in motion reflecting planning which goes back some time. I recommend a discussion with Pepe Escobar and the Grayzone fellows - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiF3TQZSxhs And the four-part analysis “Reflections on Events in Afghanistan” by the Indian scholar MK Bhadrakumar - https://www.indianpunchline.com/reflections-on-events-in-afghanistan/ It’s a different picture than Reuters/AP. Right now, the US has no footprint or influence or prospects in the Eurasian landmass from Beijing to Tehran, and that may be the biggest game-changer since 9/11.
  12. W - I appreciate your insights on these issues, but the review in question has two authors, appeared in a peer-reviewed academically focussed journal (not an advocacy website), and is very careful to iterate that it is addressing potential risk factors. It was published in May, so further studies may have already refuted these concerns (but I am not aware of such). Point being that our western societies are on the verge of mandating an inoculation which may potentially carry yet to be understood risk factors, but also does not provide the immunity from either contracting or transmitting the virus which was implicitly promised. (i.e. every single person I knew who received the jabs back in the spring were certain they were then immune from a covid infection). The gradually developing “vaccine passport” system in Canada, for access to public spaces, will be requiring proof of full (two dose) vaccination or a recent (last three days) negative covid test. The obvious logical flaw is that the vaccination is not the same as a negative test, and that a vaccinated individual could be both infected and spreading the virus. Also, attitudes may change after it sinks in that a booster shot could be required every six months or so. In California, as I understand it, the onus for keeping unvaccinated individuals out of venues such as restaurants and movie theatres will be on the business itself, enforced by large fines on the business if such individuals are discovered. This could easily lead to heavy-handed security practices becoming routine just to have lunch, all to enforce a logically-flawed mandate. Further - and I truly hope it does not occur - but if negative side-effects are later revealed with the mRNA products, after they had been effectively mandated by the state, then the consequences of the inevitable trust deficit could be very serious. There is a rather large control group in Israel, with the Pfizer product, and fortunately so far the deleterious effects predicted by some of the doom-sayers have not come to pass. There are indications that some of the above has been gamed out at senior levels, and this is why the reporting on these issues in mainstream institutions such as NYT has lately become far more nuanced.
  13. Here is an academic review of the mRNA vaccines: https://ijvtpr.com/index.php/IJVTPR/article/view/23/51 Israel, which vaccinated most of its population some months ago with the Pfizer product, is now facing a big spike in serious covid cases. Also the New York Times is reporting this week that high covid case growth rates are being seen in “high vaccination states”: “Over just the last two weeks ending August 12, high vaccination states with higher covid case growth rates than Texas and Florida include not only Vermont (263% growth in the last two weeks) but also Hawaii (176% growth over the last two weeks), Oregon (144%), Washington state (146%), New York (108%), and Washington DC (158%), versus Texas with 72% growth in covid cases over the two weeks ending August 12, and Florida with only 50% growth. California is slightly behind Florida with 48% growth.” The unfortunate over-selling of the efficacy of at least the mRNA covid vaccines is facing a bit of a reality check at the same time that “vaccine passports” and mandatory inoculation are being seriously proposed. The caution urged by the above academic paper doesn’t square with public health measures which have already been committed to. It’s quite possible there will be a graduated climb-down from the current mandates.
  14. Since this thread is concerned with issues of truth and propaganda, expert opinion and popular misconceptions, I suppose I’ll have to play the spoiler here and recognize that the main progenitor of “Chinese organ harvesting” atrocity information is the right-wing Trump-loving Falun Gong cult. This extends to the work by “Nobel Peace Prize nominees” Matas and Kilgour, as reported in Grayzone. None of these accusations, in their contemporary form, have been substantiated and rely almost entirely on sources who are not actually in a position to know. https://thegrayzone.com/2019/09/30/reports-china-organ-harvesting-cult-falun-gong/
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